In anticipation of the drastic change (yesterday it was 81° F, today it is supposed to be falling to 35° F by 3 p.m.), I cleaned out all of the remaining veggies in my garden. The squash and cucumbers were finished by last week, but I still had lots of tomatoes, bell peppers and sweet banana peppers producing. Each plant was stripped of its fruits, then pulled up to clean out the garden. I am always filled with joy and anticipation when I plant my vegetable garden, and heartbroken at the end of the season when it is time to say goodbye to it. I always feel the need to apologize to the plants I have worked so hard to nurture now that their lives are coming to an end. It makes me feel such a loss. Is that silly?
The final harvest was very plentiful. I ended up with two large bags of bell peppers, one of sweet banana peppers, and about half a bag of tomatoes. I am going to freeze many of the peppers so I will have them for soups, stews, casseroles and chili all winter. I may do the same with some of the tomatoes if we don't get them eaten up in the next few days.
|The final harvest. The long red pepper in the sack on the right is a mystery guest. Supposed to be a bell pepper plant, instead produced these extremely hot peppers! No idea what the actual variety is, I just call them "nukes"!|
Now that gardening time has passed, it will be time to get my indoor activities started again. I have many beading and crochet projects that I'd like to make, and I am determined to teach myself to knit this year. The changing of the seasons has come, and onward I go!